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2021 Newcastle Poetry Prize

$25,000 Prize Pool

and the opportunity to be published in the 2021 anthology

Here is the list of poets (in alpha order) to be published in the 2021 anthology.
Prizes will be announced in October. 

Claire

Albrecht

I have become psychologically linked to a humpback whale

 

NSW

Natalia Figueroa

Barroso

Roadtrip

 

NSW

Lachlan

Brown

Any Saturday, 2021: Running Westward

 

NSW

Gayelene

Carbis

After ‘Still Life with Babette’s Jug #2’

 

VIC

Eileen

Chong

Poem for My Ancestors

 

NSW

Josie/Jocelyn

Deane

Haruspex

 

VIC

Shastra

Deo

SORRY

 

QLD

SJ

Finn

Nefertiti’s Missing Left Eye

 

VIC

Jane

Frank

The Saddest Things Are The Most Beautiful

 

QLD

Marcelle

Freiman

The Dam

 

NSW

Dan

Hogan

Unbelievable Meme Afterlife

 

NSW

Gregory

Horne

Predictions

 

NSW

Duncan

Hose

The Search For The Darling Pea

 

TAS

Christopher (Kit)

Kelen

Ataraxia

 

NSW

John

Kinsella

A Testament To The Problem Of Being ‘Fascinated’ (By ‘Things’) At A Time Of ‘Cuts’

 

WA

Lesley

Lebkowicz

Czernowicz: The Poets

 

ACT

David

Lumsden

Dropping In

 

VIC

Greg

McLaren

Autumn Medications

 

NSW

Rachael

Mead

It Takes a Mountain to Raise a Cheese

 

SA

Audrey

Molloy

The Earwig

 

NSW

Gemma

Parker

The Drunk Lady On The Bus Has Just Fallen On Her Face

 

SA

Trisha

Pender

Iphigenia In Triptych

 

NSW

Nicole

Sellers

Fox Wake

 

NSW

Jane

Skelton

the lake inside

 

NSW

Kevin

Smith

Form Guide To The South Western Slopes Of The Great Divide

 

QLD

Beth

Spencer

Such Is Life In A Small Town

 

NSW

Connor

Weightman

Perpetual Cataclysm Machine

 

Vic

Caroline

Williamson

January

 

VIC

Grace

Yee

Alluvial Mining

 

VIC

NPP Anthology 2018 Buying Online book cover
NPP 2019 book cover for Soft Serve
1st Prize: 
$15,000

2nd Prize: 
$5,000

3rd Prize: 
$1,000

2 x Commended Awards: 
$250

Local Award: 
$250

Harri Jones Prize
for a poet under 36 years 
$500

 

Click to view winners of 2020
Cover of 2020 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology
The Crows in Town 2017 Book Cover NPP

2021 Judges

Toby Fitch, poet

Toby Fitch

Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland, editor/curator at large for Australian Poetry, a sessional academic in creative writing at the University of Sydney, and the director of AVANT GAGA and the Poetry Night at Sappho Books. His poetry has received numerous awards, including the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 2012 for his book Rawshock and the Charles Rischbieth Jury Poetry Prize 2020 for his poem ‘Sparkling Anxiety’. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Where Only the Sky had Hung Before and, forthcoming with Giramondo in 2021, Sydney Spleen. Read sample works by Toby Fitch here.

Jill Jones, poet, judge of the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2021

Jill Jones

Jill Jones’ most recent books include Wild Curious Air, A History Of What I’ll Become, and Viva the Real, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Poetry and the 2020 John Bray Award. In 2015 she won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry for The Beautiful Anxiety. Her work has been published widely in Australia and internationally, and is represented in a number of major anthologies including The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry, Contemporary Australian Poetry, and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. She has worked as a book editor, journalist, and film reviewer. For seven years she was Program Manager for the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. She currently teaches at the University of Adelaide, where she is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.

 

University of Newcastle Logo

2021 Newcastle Poetry Prize

$25,000 Prize Pool

and the opportunity to be published in the 2021 anthology

Here is the list of poets
(in alpha order) to be published in the 2021 anthology.
See desktop version for poem titles. Prizewinners will be announced in October. 

Claire

Albrecht

NSW

Natalia Figueroa

Barroso

NSW

Lachlan

Brown

NSW

Gayelene

Carbis

VIC

Eileen

Chong

NSW

Josie/Jocelyn

Deane

VIC

Shastra

Deo

QLD

SJ

Finn

VIC

Jane

Frank

QLD

Marcelle

Freiman

NSW

Dan

Hogan

NSW

Gregory

Horne

NSW

Duncan

Hose

TAS

Christopher (Kit)

Kelen

NSW

John

Kinsella

WA

Lesley

Lebkowicz

ACT

David

Lumsden

VIC

Greg

McLaren

NSW

Rachael

Mead

SA

Audrey

Molloy

NSW

Gemma

Parker

SA

Trisha

Pender

NSW

Nicole

Sellers

NSW

Jane

Skelton

NSW

Kevin

Smith

QLD

Beth

Spencer

NSW

Connor

Weightman

Vic

Caroline

Williamson

VIC

Grace

Yee

VIC

1st Prize: 
$15,000

2nd Prize: 
$5,000

3rd Prize: 
$1,000

2 x Commended Awards: 
$250

Local Award: 
$250

Harri Jones Prize
for a poet under 36 years 
$500

 

Click to view winners of 2020
NPP Anthology 2018 Buying Online book cover
NPP 2019 book cover for Soft Serve
Cover of 2020 Newcastle Poetry Prize anthology
The Crows in Town 2017 Book Cover NPP

2021 Judges

Toby Fitch, poet

Toby Fitch

Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland, editor/curator at large for Australian Poetry, a sessional academic in creative writing at the University of Sydney, and the director of AVANT GAGA and the Poetry Night at Sappho Books. His poetry has received numerous awards, including the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 2012 for his book Rawshock and the Charles Rischbieth Jury Poetry Prize 2020 for his poem ‘Sparkling Anxiety’. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Where Only the Sky had Hung Before and, forthcoming with Giramondo in 2021, Sydney Spleen. Read sample works by Toby Fitch here.

Jill Jones, poet, judge of the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2021

Jill Jones

Jill Jones’ most recent books include Wild Curious Air, A History Of What I’ll Become, and Viva the Real, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Poetry and the 2020 John Bray Award. In 2015 she won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry for The Beautiful Anxiety. Her work has been published widely in Australia and internationally, and is represented in a number of major anthologies including The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry, Contemporary Australian Poetry, and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. She has worked as a book editor, journalist, and film reviewer. For seven years she was Program Manager for the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. She currently teaches at the University of Adelaide, where she is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.